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Jarvis Rd. Bridge Construction Status as of Friday, July 21, 2017.

Douglass Withdraws From Town Supervisor Race. Will seek Reelection as a Counselor

By John T. Ryan Peru – Town Councilman Jim Douglass has withdrawn his name from the race for Peru Town Supervisor. Instead, Councilman Brandy McDonald is seeking the office. Douglass said, “Pete Glushko was going to run, then he wasn’t going to run. It got to a point where I had to make a decision. […]

75,000 applicants for free tuition program – Times Union

Source: 75,000 applicants for free tuition program – Times Union

Service With a Smile

Aubuchon Hardware is #8 in the Peru Gazette photo series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Located in the Tops Plaza, Aubuchon has been serving Peru since the mid-70’s. Its staff is known for their friendly welcome, product knowledge and readiness to show customers where the item they’re looking for is […]

New York releases family leave regulations – Times Union

Source: New York releases family leave regulations – Times Union

Republicans Nominate Langley for Town Supervisor

By John T. Ryan Peru – Peru’s Republicans caucused on Thursday, July 13th and emerged with an unexpected candidate for the office of town supervisor. About one week ago current town supervisor Peter Glushko withdrew his letter of intent to seek reelection to the office. At Thursday’s caucus the majority of the 35 Republicans present […]

Jarvis Rd. Bridge Progress – July 14, 2017

Peru Central School chided in state audit – Sun Community News & Printing

Source: Peru Central School chided in state audit – Sun Community News & Printing

Appeals court overturns conviction of Sheldon Silver – Times Union

Source: Appeals court overturns conviction of Sheldon Silver – Times Union

Peru Dairy Farm Continues Tradition of Producing High Quality Milk

Dimock Farms Has Won Highest Milk Quality Award Every Year since 2004 PERU, NEW YORK: Dimock Farms has been committed to their cows and community by producing wholesome, high quality milk since 1971. Earlier this year, this family farm defended their title for the best overall quality milk for Region 11 in Northeastern NY for […]

Morrisonville bridge named for Gordie Little | Local News |

Source: Morrisonville bridge named for Gordie Little | Local News |

A Great Time To Raft at Ausable chasm

We’ve had too much rain, but one good aspect is that it make the raft ride through Ausable Chasm very exciting. John Stafford was kind enough to share this video taken yesterday. Click here to view   

Fort Drum Soldier Accused of Shooting Trooper, Wife to Death in Jefferson County

Source: Fort Drum Soldier Accused of Shooting Trooper, Wife to Death in Jefferson County

The Strand Center for the Arts Framing Studio Grand Opening and Open House

The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to announce the opening of our Professional Framing Studio on July 19, 2017, located on the Second Floor of the Main Building at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in downtown Plattsburgh, NY. Simply take the elevator to the left of the main entrance up to the Second Floor and […]

Jarvis Road Bridge Progress as of July 7, 2017

Serving Peru For Almost 40 Years

L-R Mark White, Manager Bonnie St. Cyr, Polly Perky, Janice Krinke, Kati Burdick and Melissa Norman Apple Blossom Florist is #5 in our Peru Gazette photo series featuring staff members of local businesses and institutions. They are important people in making Peru a wonderful place to live. Located in Rulfs Orchard and Farm Market’s beautiful new […]

A Link to Calvin Castine’s 1st Home Town Cable Recording

Girls Softball Final – June 7, 1983 Peru – vs. NCCS Thank you Calvin for all you do to make the North Country a wonderful place to live!

Jarvis Road Bridge Construction is Progressing

Peru residents near the Jarvis Road have been hearing the pilings being driven for the new Jarvis Road bridge. These photos were taken Wednesday morning.

Peru Democrats Announce Nominees for Town Offices

The Democrats caucused last night at the Peru Town Hall.  The Peru Gazette will do its best to profile each of these candidates prior to the November election. Town Supervisor – James Douglass Town Clerk – Incumbent Kathleen Flynn (A Registered Republican) Town Justice – Incumbent James Kirby Supintendent of Highways – Incumbent Michael Farrell […]

A Family Tradition Continues

The Langley Insurance Agency is #4 in our Peru Gazette photo series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Located at 5 Davey Drive, it’s celebrating its 85th anniversary as a family-owned business. In 1985, James R. Langley and James R. Langley Jr. (Jimmy) purchased the agency from Barbara Thew. Two years […]

Water is Very High in Area Streams and Lakes


Exhibit Features Rare Adirondack Artifacts and “Blue Line” Maps of Adirondack and Catskills Parks

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today unveiled a new exhibit featuring rare Adirondack and Catskills artifacts, including historic maps, antique survey equipment, field notebooks, and photographs that tell the story of creation of the Adirondack and Catskill parks. The Birth of the “Blue Line” exhibit illustrates the vision, foresight, […]

Sewers Versus Sidewalks

By John T. Ryan Peru – A proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Town of Peru and Buttonwood subdivision developer Donald Swain would exempt Swain from including sidewalks in the next phase of his development. The matter is on the Monday, June 26th Peru Town Board meeting agenda. While the MOU’s details have not […]

The North Country Has a New Eagle Scout

By John T. Ryan Peru – James Hilchey joined the Boy Scouts at age 12. Tonight, at age 18, he became an Eagle Scout in ceremonies conducted at St. Augustine’s Parish Center. The son of Jennifer Reyell-Cameron and Christopher Hilchey, James will be a senior at Saranac High School this fall. Peru Troop 8049 Scout […]

A Favorite Stop Changes Hands

By John T. Ryan Peru – April 28, 2017 was the beginning of a new life adventure for Jeanne and Tim Arnold when they opened Sweet Treat as its new owners. As they commented on Facebook, “After a break of six years we are back. We can’t wait to see our old friends and meet […]

Home Opening Game – June 23rd 4:30 p.m. Chip Cummings Field

The North Country Salutes Its Vets

Homeland Security Honor Guard & Au Sable Valley School Superintendent Paul Savage There was a huge turnout of local residents this morning for the North Country Honor Flight Ceremony at the U.S. Oval. What a wonderful send-off for the deserving War War II and Korean War Era Veterans. Today’s Honor Flight Members George E. Bouyea […]

A Great Idea Is Almost Realized

  A message from Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman Early this year the Towns of Plattsburgh and Town of Schuyler Falls NY passed a joint resolution asking Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman D. Billy Jones to sponsor legislation to name the NYS RT 22B Morrisonville Bridge after North Country Legend Gordie Little. Senator Little […]

Tri-County ARTSMAP project is underway in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties

The Strand Center for the Arts, in partnership with SUNY Plattsburgh, is conducting an Arts and Cultural Asset Mapping Project to create a web-based interactive map of the region’s artists, artisans and cultural organization. Information surveys are available at All individuals and organizations with arts and cultural activities in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties […]

Six Peru Political Positions Up For Election this Year

Peru – The terms of office for several of Peru’s elected officials come to an end this year. Over the next few weeks the Republican and Democratic parties will meet to either nominate incumbents or introduce new nominees to the political scene. The Democrats have announced that they will caucus on June 29th at 7. […]

A Great Way to Enjoy This Saturday

Date: June 17-18 Event: 10th Annual Museum Days Weekend Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Museums Throughout Clinton County, NY Description: Museums in Clinton County open free to visitors all weekend! Part of Path Through History Weekend. More details will be announced as the date nears! Cost: Free Contact: Melissa Peck,

Credit Union Has Served Peru Since 1963

L-R Sarah Sherman, Nicole Prentiss, Manager Maggie Pope, Morgan Kowalowski, Dianne King. Over the next few weeks the Peru Gazette will be posting photos of people we encounter almost daily – the people who staff our local businesses and institutions. Their gracious smiles, courtesy and professionalism are very important in making Peru a great place […]

Owls Head Trail Closed on Weekends

Effective immediately the trail to the summit of Owls Head in the town of Keene in the Adirondacks is closed to public access and use on weekends. The trailhead and all but the last 0.1 mile of the trail are located on private lands. The large number of vehicles parked on the private road during […]

Bridge Construction to Begin on Monday

By John T. Ryan Peru – On Monday, June 12, 2017, motorists will find the Jarvis Road closed to thru-traffic as construction crews begin replacement of the bridge adjacent to the Irwin’s Maple Grand Farm. Clinton County Highway Superintendent Al Rascoe said the project is expected to take approximately 90 days. New Century Construction of […]

PERU, NY – A Great Place to Live

Back Row Standing L-R Jenn Laporte, Damie Durgan, Kayla Spear, Shelby Bourgeois, Louise Seymour, Shannen Glover, Caroline Duprey (Manager) Front Row: Jake Montefusco, Alex Wilson. Pamela Crowningshield. By John T. Ryan Peru – When interviewed for a January 2015 Peru Gazette lifetime achievement story, longtime Peru resident Jack Lawliss answered the question: What is the […]

Plattsburgh is Moving Ahead

Tom Hallack interview with Mayor Colin Read on Plattsburgh’s downtown development plans. Extremely interesting and informative. Plattsburgh’s development is important to us all. Hopefully, someday the town and city will be one entity.

Over $6 Million in Tax Refunds for the North Country

The Adirondack Region Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition recently completed a very successful income tax assistance program that proved extremely beneficial for many low to moderate income people throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. Kathy Snow, Director of Development of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. and chairperson of the EITC Coalition, […]

Thanks to All the Volunteers and to Those Who Donated

May 30, 2017 Dear Editor, The Board of Directors and Staff of United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc., SUNY Plattsburgh Project H.E.L.P and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the 619 volunteers and all those who donated over 500 food items on the Day […]

Keenan Honors Fallen Heros

Legislator Peter Keenan represented the Clinton County Legislature at the Peru Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 309 Memorial Day Service. Click here to see and hear Mr. Keenan’s remarks. 

A Special Guest

World War II and Korean War Veteran Curtis Banker was a special guest at the Memorial Day Service at Peru VFW Post 309. Today is his 93rd birthday. Brought up on a Peasleeville farm, Banker joined the U.S. Army at age 18 in 1942. He served until his retirement in 1963. An infantryman in WWII, […]

Variance Request Involving Mission of Hope Warehouse Scheduled for June 21st

AGENDA – Peru ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS, WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 @ 7:00 PM CALL MEETING TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL APPROVAL of April 19, 2017 and May 17, 2017 minutes. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing APPLICATION: Use Variance: Z-2017-020 Shawn Agoney Use Variance – Modular 1060 Fuller Rd. Peru, NY 12972 Use Variance: Z-2017-021 […]

Proposals Requested to Redevelop Former Frontier Town Theme Park in Essex County

Redevelopment Proposals Are Due On Friday, July 28  Request for Proposals Available Here Empire State Development (ESD) this week issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to redevelop a nearly 300 acre, former outdoor recreation facility in North Hudson, Essex County. The RFP follows Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Master Plan to establish a “Gateway to the […]

Adirondack Farms Supporting Peru’s Youth

  By John T. Ryan Peru – Jake Swyers of Adirondack Farms was at the controls of a small loader this morning at Laphams Mills Park as Field #3 infield was being transformed from a grass to a clay surface. Peru Youth Commission Vice-Chair Jennifer Madore explained, “In May 2015, Adirondack Farms volunteered the men […]

The Votes Have Been Counted

Peru CSD Annual Meeting & Election Results Budget Proposition #1 Yes – 392 No – 175 Bus Proposition #2 Yes – 416 No – 151 Library #3 Yes – 389 No – 177 Board Member Elected Linda Morgan, 446 votes Total Ballots Cast 569

Here’s a Great Place to go Today

The Rulfs Orchard Farmstand Grand Opening is underway. (Saturday, May 6th) Special drawings and activities underway. The store is open until 7 p.m. WOKO is present till 1 p.m. Adults and kids are having a great time and the Apple Blossom Florist is fully staffed! Click here for more Peru Gazette photos 

Public Hearing Scheduled for Procedural Changes in Dog Law

The Town of Peru, Town Board has scheduled a Public Hearing at 6:45 PM on Monday May 8, 2017.  The purpose of the Public Hearing will be to hear the Public Concerns on the newly revised Local Law on Dog Control.  The regular meeting will follow at 7:00 PM.  The meeting is open to all. […]

Remillard Excels IN NYC and Boston Marathons

By John T. Ryan Peru – People living in or near the Peru hamlet undoubtedly recall Charles Remillard. He’s the tall, red-headed young man we saw running by our homes as a member of the Peru High School Track Team. Graduating in 2011, Charles went on to star for the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons. Today, […]

Mission of Hope Zoning Application in Limbo

By John T. Ryan Peru – The North Country Mission of Hope’s non-conforming use application for the former K of C Hall/Fitness Center at 3452 Route 22 was not approved by the Peru Zoning Board of Appeals at its Wednesday, April 19th meeting. Mission of Hope Board President Sally Kokes told the Peru Gazette, “It […]

Upcoming Clinton County Historical Association Events

31st Annual Peru K of C Charity Golf Tournament

Peru – St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 Bill McBride Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Friday, June 16th at the Adirondack Golf and Country Club. The tournament is dedicated to its former chairman, Bill McBride Jr., who passed away on February 28th. Shotgun start at 10 a.m. Obtain entry forms and information […]

New IT Specialist Hired at Emergency Meeting

By John T. Ryan Peru – The Peru Town Board conducted an emergency meeting on Wednesday, March 29th. According to the minutes the purpose was to hire and introduce the town’s new IT provider, Patrick Garsow, and to learn his top three priorities. Garsow told the board that over the next 30 days he would implement […]

Sewer System Failure Results in Release of Untreated Sewage

By John T. Ryan Peru – Peru’s aging sewer infrastructure became strikingly clear during the heavy April 6/7/8 rainfall as a red light flashed at the Maiden Lane lift station. Lift station pumps couldn’t handle the combined storm water-sewage flow resulting in approximately 500 gallons of untreated liquid flowing into the nearby brook and one […]

Assemblyman Jone’s 2017 Women of Distinction Announced

From the Office of Assemblyman Billy Jones   Throughout the month of March, Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) received almost 100 nominations in honor of Women’s History Month for his upcoming 2017 Women of Distinction Awards. Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony this weekend. Jones noted, “This event will serve as a great opportunity to […]

Anti-hunger groups praise NY farm-to-foodbank tax credit | NCPR News

Source: Anti-hunger groups praise NY farm-to-foodbank tax credit | NCPR News

DiNapoli: Increase in Older Inmates Challenges New York’s Prison System

New York’s prison population is decreasing, but the number of inmates age 50 and over rose 46 percent from 2007 to 2016, according to a report issued today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. While data detailing inmate health care costs by age groups is not readily available in New York, DiNapoli’s report […]

DEC Issues Draft Buck Pond Campground Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released the Draft Buck Pond Campground Unit Management Plan (UMP) for review. The draft UMP would guide management actions for the Buck Pond Public Campground over the next five years. The campground is located on County Route 60, also known as Gabriels-Onchiota Road, .4 mile […]

Liberty’s Garage is Still in Good Hands

By John T. Ryan Peru – Liberty’s Garage is a Peru institution. Jack Liberty operated the garage for 25 years. In 1995, Chazy native Jim Champagne purchased the business and successfully operated it until cancer took his life on August 31, 2016. Karen Champagne, Jim’s wife of 38 years, faced a life-changing decision. Would she […]

Maplefields Plans Major Expansion

Peru – Once all approvals are acquired, the Maplefields Convenience Store/Gas Station at 654 Bear Swamp will be ungoing a tear-down and major expansion. Plans have been filed with the Peru Code Enforcement Office and a site-plan will be reviewed by the Planning Board at its Wednesday, April 12th meeting. Plans detail a 5,280 sq. […]


April 19, 2017 @ 7:00 PM, TOWN OF PERU CALL MEETING TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL APPROVAL of March 15, 2017 minutes. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing APPLICATION: Continuation of a Nonconforming Use: Z-2017-0019 North Country Mission of Hope Continuation of a Nonconforming Use- 3452 Route 22B Peru, NY 12972 ANY FURTHER BUSINESS CEO […]

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